REPORT: ESPN Possibly Looking To Fire Jemele Hill In The Near Future & End ‘SC6’
ESPN SportsCenter anchor Jemele Hill was handed a two week suspension last week because she suggested on Twitter that fans of the Dallas Cowboys boycott their advertisers as a way to protest Jerry Jones’ team-imposed ban on anthem protests.
Hill was already in hot water from an incident where she called President Donald Trump a White Supremacist, giving the company unwanted attention for the next few weeks.
This latest incident might just be the nail in the coffin, as the Worldwide Leader in Sports just might be looking to distance themselves from Jemele for good.
“Jemele Hill’s two-week suspension is scheduled to end on Oct. 23. The likelihood is she will come to work that day in Bristol, CT. and continue to co-anchor the 6 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter for the foreseeable future.
But I believe her tenure as a SportsCenter anchor is effectively over. I also think her time as an ESPN employee is down to months rather than years. Hill cannot feel that she has management’s unwavering support given the events of the last month—and ESPN management clearly has limits to the speech it will allow from front-facing talent on social media, and particularly those representing the SportsCenter brand.
Then there is the show itself, dubbed SC6. What Hill and co-host Michael Smith envisioned, what made their chemistry honest and unique on the ESPN2 show His and Hers and their podcasts together, is being slowly chopped away by the addition of segments you see on traditional SportsCenter shows. Multiple people told me last week that there is an effort to bring in ESPN talent as guests with opinions counter to the hosts. If I had to bet, I would bet that at this time next year the 6 p.m. ET slot is either a standard version of SportsCenter or some sort of PTI-extension. I would also bet that Hill is elsewhere.”
She will no doubt come back and finish out the year, but the next six to twelve months will be interesting at ESPN, with the company just months removed from a massive layoff that sent some big names packing.